Peter Katin Plays Brahms Piano Music

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Catalogue No: DDV 24157
EAN/UPC: 809730415722
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Release Date: November 2011
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 78:48

Peter Katin is now regarded as one of the most accomplished pianists of the modern age, having enjoyed a long and extremely successful career until his tragic death following an accident in March 2015. His recordings for Decca and other companies from the 1950s onwards reveal a musician of the highest caliber of artistry and sensitivity. This recital shows Katin at his best in the Romantic style of Brahms. It was recorded in 1990, and has been unavailable for some time (previously issued as Olympia OCD263). A very fine recital which we are honored to have in our catalog.

Track Listing

    Johannes Brahms:

  1. I. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 1 – Capriccio in D minor (2:00)
  2. II. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 1 – Intermezzo in A minor (3:17)
  3. III. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 1 – Capriccio in G minor (2:46)
  4. I. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 2 – Intermezzo in E major (5:11)
  5. II. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 2 – Intermezzo in E minor (2:18)
  6. III. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 2 – Intermezzo in E major (3:11)
  7. IV. Fantasias, Op. 16, Set 2 – Capriccio in D minor (2:23)
  8. I. Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 – No. 1 in E flat major (4:53)
  9. II. Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 – No. 2 in G flat minor (4:55)
  10. III. Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 – No. 3 in C sharp minor (5:42)
  11. I. Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 – No. 1 in B minor (8:25)
  12. II. Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 – No. 2 in G minor (5:54)
  13. I. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Aria (0:52)
  14. II. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation I (0:49)
  15. III. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation II (0:43)
  16. IV. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation III (0:39)
  17. V. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation IV (0:54)
  18. VI. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation V (1:01)
  19. VII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation VI (1:01)
  20. VIII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation VII (0:39)
  21. IX. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation VIII (0:36)
  22. X. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation IX (1:22)
  23. XI. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation X (0:39)
  24. XII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XI (0:53)
  25. XIII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XII (0:56)
  26. XIV. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XIII (1:28)
  27. XV. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XIV (0:39)
  28. XVI. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XV (0:46)
  29. XVII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XVI (0:34)
  30. XVIII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XVII (0:30)
  31. XIX. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XVIII (0:37)
  32. XX. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XIX (0:57)
  33. XXI. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XX (1:13)
  34. XXII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XXI (0:37)
  35. XXIII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XXII (0:53)
  36. XXIV. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XXIII (0:37)
  37. XXV. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XXIV (0:36)
  38. XXVI. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Variation XXV (0:44)
  39. XXVII. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Fuga (5:13)

Reviews

Fanfare

Peter Katin has an obvious love for the music of Brahms and the technique to pull it off. One gets the impression that his Brahms is a powerful one, thick in texture and serious, yet he never sounds monotonous. Brahms’s late music truly shines in Katin’s hands… a formidable recording.

” —Scott Noriega
American Record Guide

It is evident immediately that Peter Katin is an arresting pianist with a fine command of the keyboard. He is a dexterous performer and his Op. 117 Intermezzos bring out the beautiful density of texture in these pieces. Many should enjoy this testament to a fine pianist’s storied career.

” —Kang
BBC Music Magazine

Katin was once one of British pianism’s big beasts, and this CD, though short on the requisite soulful beauty, reflects his swashbuckling style. The variations have compelling force.

” —Michael Church
MusicWeb International

[Katin ] performs with so direct, so honest a perception, that the music unfolds quite naturally and very beautifully. Technical assurance and musical understanding… exceptional dexterity and a sure sense of colour… the utmost conviction, concentration, buoyancy and command. Katin keeps one spellbound through his utterly magnificent reading. I can only repeat that the performance throughout this disc are magnificent

” —Jonathan Woolf
Gramophone

The Op. 116 pieces are not as familiar as they might be, but this is a performance to remind one just how good they are. [Katin’s] rubato is of the best kind that one doesn’t notice as such… we also get the richness that is characteristic of the music, We must also than the chosen piano and location as well as the engineer for the very natural sound. [In the Variations].. this is an attractive performance… satisfying too and beautifully recorded.. splendid value at mid-price and nearly 80 minutes of music.

” —Christopher Headington
Wrightmusic

Any disc by Katin is warmly welcome. He is, without doubt, our finest pianist. The late piano music of Brahms is melodious, intimate, sensitive graceful, often beautiful, nostalgic, lyrical and perhaps full of yearning.It calls for a pianist of impeccable understanding and in Katin we have that pianist. The playing is articulate, accurate, reliable, glorious, serene, intelligent, masterful, superlative and it is unequalled playing,… you will not have to think twice about buying this CD.

” —David C F Wright
Music & Vision

It is good to be reminded now and again how skilful [Brahms] could be as a miniaturist. Katin is in his element, moulding the … phrases with complete mastery. The sound has concert-hall freshness. Katin on magnificent form.

” —Robert Anderson